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West Surrey Racing: Race Report

Race 1

The track temper ature had risen to a scorching 31 degrees as the cars took their places on the starting grid. Anthony Reid and Colin Turkington lined up 5th and 6th respectively in their MG ZS'.

Anthony and Colin held o n to their starting positions early on in the race but Colin soon made a mo ve on his team mate to move him into 5th spot. C olin then battled with another youngster, Tom Chilton, who in turn was figh ting his own battle with Yvan Muller. With Chilton passed Muller , Colin's attention moved to the red and white Vauxhall ahead of him. A brilliant move on the Frenchman into the Esses ensured that Colin f inished the race in 4th place. Anthony drove a t actical race to bring the second MG ZS home in 8th place, g uaranteeing him a second row start for the next race.

Race 2

The second race of the day provided endless amounts of entertainment for the Snetterton crowd. Anthony made an excellent start and moved into second place behind Luke Hines. Some unorthodox overtaking by Y van Muller dropped Anthony into third. He explained: "I have to question Muller's driving on that manoeuvre. I w as heading into Coram at maximum speed when I was hit from behind. I was lu cky to keep the car in control." Anthony pressed hard to ke ep his second place and also take the Harrier Zeuros Independent Trophy.&nb sp; He added: "For the engine of the MG ZS to be changed between races, in 45 minutes, is all credit to the calibre of the WSR team. &n bsp;We have some alterations to make to the engine mapping which should hop efully improve the performance for the final race."

From 7th on the grid it wasn't long before Colin Turkington was making progress through the f ield. Having completed four laps he was now sitting in 4th place fighting with Jason Plato and Yvan Muller. Unfortunately, Colin wasn't able to hold on to the position but still finished a credible 5th. After the race Colin said: "I'm happy to come fr om 7th on the grid and take 5th place. &nbs p;I had a good battle with Yvan but the extra ballast meant I just couldn't get passed him. The balance of the car feels really good, so I' m looking forward to the final race."

Race 3

Anthony drove a heavily ballasted MG ZS to finish the final race of the day in 5th. On the race, he commented: "I didn't get a good start and from that I found it hard to fight back as I was carrying an ext ra 42kg of success ballast from the previous race. You could say I'd lost it before it had effectively started." Anthony retains his l ead in the Independents Trophy by 19 points and moves into third place over all with only three rounds remaining.

Colin also experienced a troublesome final race and finished in 7th place overall. After c ollecting an Independents points haul of 42, Colin retains his second place in that Championship.

Team Principal, Dick Bennetts said: "It's been a mixed weeken d. Anthony gave a good performance in the second race and both h e and Colin have collected valuable points towards the Independents Trophy but we still have some work to do to return to our winning ways. ;It's important for us as a team to focus on the final rounds of the season in order to win the Independents Trophy."

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